Poem #15: The Sound of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away and It Doesn’t Matter

The Sound of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away and It Doesn’t Matter

the sound of severance, an agony

the sound of regret and these forgetful escapes

the sound of symmetrical incongruence

the sound of taut tautologies

the sound of shivering strings, instinct picked

the sound of swinging doors, grids and arrogance

the sound of the point, the point, the line, the lying

the sound of liturgical dances, hot baths and tile

the sound of seeming, seams, and the concrete separation

the sound of feet a foot apart

the sound of knowing too much

the sound of not knowing anything, anyway

the sound of no

the sound of settling, unsettling, settling

the sound of de-lay

the sound of the sound of the sound of the sound

the sound of not now, not ever, never

the sound of someone you love who’s going away and it doesn’t matter

@NBF 10.18.2004, rev. 4.28.2009

sydneytower

Sydney, 2004

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Notes

This poem takes its title from the name of a Penguin Cafe Orchestra song. I wrote the original draft in 2004 and elected to revise it today. I’m not usually drawn to poems with heavy repetition, but I enjoy the sound of “the sound of.”

In class, Mark Tardi once told us about a performance artist who sat on stage and repeated the word “pineapple” for twenty minutes. When I was in elementary school, I used to repeat the word “water” until it no longer made sense to me.

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2 Responses to “Poem #15: The Sound of Someone You Love Who’s Going Away and It Doesn’t Matter”

  1. Did you ever hear Ashlyn & my Marsupials song? Some good repetition there…

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